A Gluten Free Weekend in New Orleans
We stayed at the Royal Street Courtyard Bed and Breakfast, in a quiet little local neighborhood just blocks from all-night jazz bars and the French Market. The owners, Phillip and David, are fantastic folks, and the house is absolutely everything you would want to feel part of the history there. While they needed a quick crash course in gluten-free, they were very sympathetic and asked good questions. They offered fresh fruit, coffee, and both dairy and almond milk for breakfast alongside the usual gluteny fare. There was a grocery store within a very short walk with gluten-free cheese, crackers, and other options, a mini-fridge in the room, and a shared microwave upstairs, making it easy to arrange your own breakfast and late-night snacks.
For dinner the first day we tried The Court of Two Sisters, a somewhat upscale French Quarter restaurant with a gorgeous shaded patio setting. After speaking with the chefs, they were able to produce a gluten-free meal, but erring on the side of caution (which of course we appreciated greatly!) meant that the only option was a steak and asparagus, with no seasonings other than salt and pepper, and a fruit cup for dessert. It was very tasty, if a little plain. The courtyard table under the beautiful leafy canopy was worth it though.
For dinner we went to the Cafe Amelie in the French Quarter, and had another lovely courtyard meal. The metal folding chairs were pretty rickety for the heavy folks, but stayed together. The server took a menu in to the chef, who then marked all of the dishes JD could eat safely. It turned out to be most of the menu! He had the Trout Amandine, and we split a lovely summer salad. The server had no problem splitting the salad onto separate plates, as I was eating something with gluten. According to JD, it was the best meal he’d had in New Orleans, and made a perfect finish to the trip.